When Leon Tipler died, his friend Steve England inherited his extensive tape archive. It was (and still is) a major undertaking to sort and
catalogue all the boxes.
So far Steve has unearthed:
A tape containing recordings made in Clacton of Radio London and other offshore stations in January 1965 (see here);
a tape containing recordings made in May/June 1964 of Radios Caroline and Atlanta (see here);
and a tape of Radio Scotland recorded in Ayr in July 1966 (see previous page).
Now we have tapes from the station where Leon worked - Radio 270. Some are studio recordings made on the ship, others recorded off-air on land.
The following are in a rough chronological order but, because we haven't been able to identify the precise transmission date of some clips, this may not be totally accurate.
|Photos courtesy of ‘The 270 Set’ booklet.
31st August 1966, Pete Bowman, 12-2pm:
A studio recording of Pete Bowman on the Lunchtime Show with Paul Burnett on news duty (Duration 10 minutes 50 seconds)
August or September 1966, Pete Bowman:
An off-air recording of a Pete Bowman Lunchtime Show, precise date unknown (Duration 6 minutes 3 seconds)
August or September 1966, Paul Burnett:
Clips from a Monday evening 7-9pm show presented by Paul Burnett, precise date unknown. Recorded off-air (Duration 11 minutes 14 seconds)
12th September 1966, Alex Dee:
An off-air recording of Alex Dee from his 9pm-midnight show (Duration 8 minutes 36 seconds)
22nd September 1966, Dennis Straney, Leon Tipler, Noel Miller:
A studio recording which captures the end of a Dennis the Menace Ladies' Morning Music show, the start of “Neddy” Noel Miller's Lunchtime Show and Leon Tipler reading the 1pm news
(Duration 12 minutes 56 seconds)
22nd September 1966, Noel Miller, Leon Tipler, Dennis Straney:
A bit later the same day, it is a studio recording of the end of Neddy Noel's show, the 2pm news from Leon, clips from Dennis's second show and the 3pm news from Roger Keene. Leon was in
charge of news on his shift (Hal Yorke did the job on the other shift) which is probably why he recorded so many of the bulletins (Duration 14 minutes 10 seconds)
September 1966, Dennis Straney:
An undated off-air recording of Dennis the Menace, from a Friday probably in September 1966 (Duration 3 minutes 58 seconds)
17th October 1966, Leon Tipler:
A studio recording of part of Leon Tipler's Breakfast Show from Monday 17th October. Alex Dee reads the 7am news. There is another clip from this show on this page (Duration 10 minutes 9 seconds)
19th October 1966, Leon Tipler, Andy Kirk:
It is 7pm. The end of The World Tomorrow is followed by Leon Tipler reading the news then a couple of clips from the Andy Kirk show. Dennis Straney is on news duty at 8pm. A studio recording
(Duration 4 minutes 24 seconds)
October 1966, Dennis Straney:
An undated off-air recording of Dennis the Menace's morning show from the week that this Top 40 chart was in use (Duration 6 minutes 54 seconds)
3rd November 1966, Leon Tipler:
A studio recording of part of Leon Tipler's Breakfast Show from 3rd November. There is a faulty microphone switch which causes some momentary drop-outs. Alex Dee reads the 7am news (Duration 10 minutes 59 seconds)
|Photos courtesy of ‘The 270 Set’ and the Free Radio Association, the latter kindly provided by George Morris.
Leon left Radio 270 in November 1966 but he still kept an interest in the station. He actually returned to the ship a few months later when he used the alias Phil Oaker but sadly we don't have any recordings of him under that name.
The remaining clips on this page are off-air recordings from Leon's collection made by John Kinsman in South Shields.
12th March 1967, Paul Burnett:
Clips from a Paul Burnett show on Sunday afternoon, 12th March 1967. Roger Scott is on news duty (Duration 6 minutes 48 seconds)
14th March 1967, Paul Burnett:
A short clip from Paul Burnett's last show on Radio 270. He left to join Manx Radio (Duration 1 minute 28 seconds)
May 1967, John Aston:
A short clip of John Aston on an undated afternoon show from the week that this Top 40 chart was in use (Duration 1 minute 50 seconds)
May 1967, Pete Bowman, Mike Hayes:
Pete Bowman had left Radio 270 at the end of 1966 but he sent a tape from his new station, Radio Antilles in Montserrat, which was played one evening on Radio 270 by Mike Hayes (Duration 7 minutes 3
12th August 1967, Vince Allen:
Clips of Vince “Rusty” Allen from Saturday afternoon 12th August, two days before the station's close-down. Also heard on the various commercials: Mike Barron
for Big John's garage, Ross Randell for Scarborough South Coast Butchers and Mike Hayes for Croft Autodrome (Duration 8 minutes 20 seconds)
13th August 1967, Vince Allen:
Rusty Allen from the station's penultimate evening, reading listeners' letters (Duration 7 minutes 15 seconds)
14th August 1967, Vince Allen:
Rusty talking to the Captain, crew-members and engineers during the station's final programme before it closed down at midnight on 14th August 1967
(Duration 15 minutes 51 seconds)